Handing Over Ceremony of 32 tons bollard pull tug built for Pakistan Navy was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW). Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Projects Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar graced the occasion as the chief guest.
The tug has a 34 meter overall length with a displacement of 481 tons and maximum speed of 12 knots, propelled by two diesel engines and same number of azimuth thrusters. It is fitted with a very robust fendering arrangement for all round tugging operations of almost all sizes of ships and crafts of Pakistan Navy.
On the occasion, the chief guest said that the project was a vivid manifestation of the vision of Pakistan Navy to pursue self-reliance in the field of shipbuilding. He appreciated Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and KS&EW for their valuable contribution towards this goal. Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar lauded KS&EW for being among the few public sector industries that have had made a remarkable turnaround in the last decade and appreciated its pivotal role in supporting all components of national maritime sector.
Earlier MD KS&EW, Rear Admiral Ather Saleem thanked Pakistan Navy and MoDP for their continued support. While stating that the project had been completed with self-sufficiency in all phases of construction and no foreign assistance had been sought, he also gave a brief overview of the ongoing activities at KS&EW. He assured that each and every worker of KS&EW is ready, prepared and committed to complete all assigned projects on time while meeting international quality standards.
The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from the Government, Pakistan Navy, corporate sector and KS&EW.